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Saddam 'calls off hunger strike'
Saddam Hussein in court
Saddam and seven others are on trial for killings in 1982
Saddam Hussein has ended an 11-day hunger strike for "health reasons", his chief lawyer has said.

Khalil al-Dulaimi said his client had lost 4-5kg (9-11lbs), but that his morale was high.

The former Iraqi president and his co-defendants said they had stopped eating in protest at their treatment by the court where they are being tried.

They are charged with the killing of 148 people in Dujail after a failed assassination attempt against Saddam.

Saddam announced the hunger strike on 14 February. It is not clear whether his seven co-defendants have also abandoned their protest.

The trial has been plagued by problems, including slow progress, procedural adjournments, boycotts by the defendants and lawyers, the resignation of the chief judge and the killing of defence lawyers.

The trial is due to resume on 28 February.

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